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Flamboyant
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Ali Barbour, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #8 of 20 Diani Beach B&B and Inns
Melbourne
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A personalised experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

There aren't many places left in the world where the entire experience is marked by the hospitality and professionalism of a true host or hostess. Nancy is an integral part of what makes the Flamboyant experience wonderful. Her welcoming and genuine kindness hits you as soon as you walk through the door. We couldn't have felt more at ease if we were serviced by the queens staff!

The history of the wonderful building is another of its unique and appealing attributes. Home to George and his family, the joy that this family must have experienced strikes you throughout your stay as you ponder why you weren't one of George's children - blessed souls!

The beach is stunning and the bar next door great for an afternoon sundowner, or a big night if you want to skip the light fantastic. The cave restaurant is a unique fine dining experience not to be missed. The staff at all 3 venues made us feel extremely welcome.

We stayed in room 2 which I think was the original master bedroom. We loved it. Great spacial and light qualities. This place has been well kept and has aged well.

We took advantage of the African massage at Leopard Hotel, it was absolutely awesome. We went back a second time.

If you don't like big crowded hotels, you'll love this place. The beach is awesome and we really enjoyed the boat tour.

Areas for improvement are wifi not realiable and menu could have more variety.

We would definitely come back.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This is a small, private house style hotel with about ten rooms, one of which is a suite and another one with a balkony. Has a small swimming pool. Has direct access to a very good sandy beach. It is surrounded by undeveloped properties on both sides so the only people you will see are other guests from this same hotel and visitors to Forty Thieves Bar nearby. Beach boys are pretty annoyng though, but this seems to be a problem throughout Diani Beach area. All rooms are facing beachfront, but you actually won't see the ocean behind the trees. No TV. Breakfast is pretty dull. Staff is descreet but helpfull.

Room Tip: Room 5 has a balkony. Ask for rooms on the second floor
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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All over Europe
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Spent 3 nights at Flamboyant with my partner and inlaws, and from the moment we walked through the door we were impressed. The premises are well kept, very clean rooms and outdoor areas. Direct access to the beach, the very colorful Fourty Theives bar right nearby, and the wonderful Ali Barbour's cave restaurant literally a 2 minute walk away. The view from Flamboyant is also stunning. But despite the paradise it is really the service that sets Flamboyant apart from others. The staff go out of their way to make you feel at home, and to set up any activities that you want. For example, they worked so hard to find us a table in Ali Barbour's despite it being booked up, and were successful! They also grilled the fresh yellowfin tuna we caught and served it up for dinner! The rooms are not over-the-top luxury, but they have A/C and are sparklingly clean. This is the only place we have been in Diani that we will go back to!

Room Tip: Try to get the upstairs ones with a balcony so you get a good view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed at the Flamboyant with my girlfriend and some friends of hers from the 9th to the 12th of January 2013. The title of my review derives from what the manager, Nancy, said to us upon our arrival - "think of this place as your home from home".
All of the staff; Nancy, Sarah, Benson, Geoffrey and Moses were a delight to meet, we felt like they were friends and not just hotel staff, they helped to make our stay truly special.
The hotel is a converted family home right on Diani Beach, it is situated between the Forty Thieves Beach Bar and the Ali Barbour Restaurant - all of which are owned by or connected with the Barbour family (the original home owners as far as I am aware).
The hotel is too small to attract the attentions of many of the beach boys or hawkers which is no bad thing, but the monkeys love to drop by for breakfast........
The staff were lovely, helpful and friendly and that home-from-home theme was repeated when I brought a fish from a fishing trip back to the hotel aiming to have it for dinner, we were invited into the kitchen to prepare it - "treat this place like your own home" as head-chef Moses said to us. He prepared a lovely meal for us grilling the fish over charcoal, in fact all the food served to us at the Flamboyant was excellent, and I would say even better than what we ate at the Ali Barbour.
The facilities are excellent, the rooms aren't huge but are spotlessly clean, all beds are four-posters with fitted mosquito nets and all rooms had efficient and operational AC. The pool is clean, there are more than enough sun loungers and the gardens are well kept with lovely views across them to the Indian Ocean. The beach is white sand, clean and palm-fringed - just what you expect or hope for in this part of the world but don't always get. The communal areas of the hotel are also very comfortable and well laid out, kept clean and tidy too.
If you are in thispart of Kenya and want to avoid the impersonal large resorts, not to mention the concentrations of hawkers which they attact, then seriously consider a stay at the Flamboyant. I am sure that you won't regret the decision.

Room Tip: There are only 12 rooms at the hotel and it seems that they all have garden/sea views. Some of the t...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bujumbura, Burundi
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is one of the best beach spots in Diani with beautiful white sandy beach and awesome views of the ocean. The staff is very friendly and supportive.
Annex to Flamboyant is the "out of this world" Ali Baurbour's cave restaurant caved out of a series of natural coral caves for your romantic diners and the Forty Thieves Beach Bar serving some of the best sea cuisines and drinks while the music plays on. You got to dine in this marvelous cave restaurant below sea level!
Flamboyant also organizes trips to Kisite and other marine parks along the Diani reef for their patrons.....I enjoyed my stay at the Flamboyant while I was working for Base Titanium at their Kwale Mining Project.

Room Tip: The Upstairs rooms are more spacious with a better view of the lush garden, sandy beach and ocean wh...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

My wife and I (when we lived in Nairboi) would always stay at Flamboyant when we went on holiday to the Coast. I had spent 12 years in Mombasa and this is just heaven! We normally had the whole place to ourselves and the seafood platters the chefs would put together for us were brilliant. Nancy was always freindly and this is my ideal holiday!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

Staff in Kenya hotels are exceptionally helpful and friendly and the staff at the Flamboyant “boutique” hotel in Diani were no exception. The location is beautiful - no doubt about that - but we did not get what the advertisement (found in a magazine on the verandah) promised, i.e. .... 'a bowl of dried fruits and chocolates ... complimentary laundry services'. Having been on the road for three days, we would certainly have appreciated the latter but there was no mention of this amenity, nor did this offer appear in the brochure in the room. The 'Managing Director', although around much of the time sitting on the verandah reading magazines, never once asked us how we were faring or in fact talked to us at all after we arrived. A 'boutique' hotel should surely be synonymous with everything of quality but the toilet paper was the cheapest available in Kenya. The Ali Barbour’s Beach bar was great but the Flamboyant was a bit disappointing.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Flamboyant

Address: Ali Barbour, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Flamboyant 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flamboyant is a family home where guests return time and again for its unparalleled service in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Set in a lush tropical garden, overlooking the beautiful beach of Diani on the south coast of Mombasa, Flamboyant is the perfect retreat for an exotic and a romantic escapism. Welcome! ... more   less 
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